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  1. Corbu's Avatar
    And finally... Apologies to all if I went overboard!

    Some tidbits in here:
    BlackBerry CEO John Chen reveals plans for BlackBery Z3 India launch

    BlackBerry has said that its latest handset, the low-cost Z3 smartphone, will be coming to India when the global release is finalised.

    India is among the seven countries where the Z3 could be rolled out eventually, BlackBerry told Tech2 at the official launch in Jakarta. But CEO John Chen said that the exact dates are not known because the company wants to see the response in Indonesia, where the Z3 is debuting, to formulate marketing strategies for other regions. So if the phone is a success in Indonesia, one can expect it to arrive in India as well.

    The BlackBerry Z3 is the first phone to be produced by BlackBerry in association with major mobile production company Foxconn. It’s specifically geared for the Indonesian market, with a tag line which says “Jadi Bagian Dari Kita“. That’s Bahasa Indonesian for ‘Be Part of Us’ which is a whole new campaign for BlackBerry, aimed at emerging markets.

    Chen also said he is excited about the Indian market because BlackBerry is again seeing growth in India after the Z10 price cut and because the brand remains well known in India. With BlackBerry’s problems with the Indian government over BES encryption now sorted out, Chen said he is excited about the Indian market.

    The BlackBerry Z3 is a mid-range handset, featuring a 5-inch full touch display and running the latest version of BlackBerry 10 OS. It will be priced at around $200 and could very well compete with the likes of the Moto G and Lumia 630.
    05-13-14 07:56 AM
  2. Corbu's Avatar

    JAKARTA, Indonesia — The smartphone maker BlackBerry on Tuesday unveiled a new model exclusively for Indonesia, but has hopes of expanding sales to other emerging markets in Asia and South America.

    John S. Chen, executive chairman and chief executive of BlackBerry, acknowledged that the global smartphone market would be closely watching sales of the model, the BlackBerry Z3, in the coming weeks. The flashy unveiling Tuesday was at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Jakarta, and featured hip-hop dancers performing on a laser-lit stage, with female ushers wearing aqua-blue cocktail dresses and black high heels.

    Mr. Chen denied that the low-cost touch-screen model, designed especially for Indonesia, one of its largest markets globally, was a last-ditch effort to remain relevant in the smartphone industry. Rather, he said that one of the biggest parts of his job, which he took on in November, was to make the BlackBerry brand cool again.

    “BlackBerry has new technology and is financially stable,” he said at a news conference after the unveiling. “I think that’s got to be the first step — to explain that.”

    “When people have no concerns about BlackBerry the company,” he added, “then the product will be cool again.”

    BlackBerry produced the Z3 in partnership with Foxconn Technology Group of Taiwan. The phone will retail for 2.2 million rupiah, or about $190. The words “Jakarta Edition” will be engraved on the backs of a limited 25,000 units.

    “If this device allows them to grow again, even if it’s just small, steady growth, that’s a success in itself,” said Ryan Lai, a market analyst at the consulting firm IDC, Reuters reported. “That says there is still room for BlackBerry in Indonesia.”

    “Indonesia is a huge market for us,” Mr. Chen said. “I hope that the more important statement is that we are in the handset business.”

    BlackBerry has plans to sell the Z3 in six other Asian markets, including India, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam, and is hoping for unit sales “in the millions” across the region.

    Mr. Chen said that the partnership with Foxconn, which manufactures the Z3, had given BlackBerry the ability to compete in emerging markets, and that, if sales went well, “it could be a sign of things to come.”

    For its part, Foxconn is considering investing at least $1 billion in Indonesia to build manufacturing plants that would produce smartphones and other electronic devices.

    The Z3 Jakarta Edition will go on sale in the capital on Thursday through authorized sellers, and as with many opening days of new phone models, lines are expected to be long.

    The model has several special applications for Indonesian users, including local banking and travel services, and, in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, a directory of halal food. The Z3 not only operates in the Indonesian national language, but also in many regional dialects, including Javanese.
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  3. Corbu's Avatar
    Z3 Launch In Ritz-Carlton, Jakarta

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    05-13-14 08:18 AM
  4. Corbu's Avatar
    Bit of a video on the launch in Jakarta here:
    Will Z3 Win Back BlackBerry Nation? [Video] -
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    05-13-14 09:01 AM
  5. Corbu's Avatar
    Love those Z3 pics...

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    05-13-14 09:24 AM
  6. Corbu's Avatar
    OT: Pretty good AH/PM numbers on HALO...
    05-13-14 09:27 AM
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    El Chapo: A Mexican drug kingpin, his BlackBerry and BBM - The Globe and Mail

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    05-13-14 09:33 AM
  8. Mr BBRY's Avatar
    Good morning Slipstream89!!

    Monday night, after the market close, it is the HALO show, be there!! GL
    Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. (HALO)
    9.01 Up 1.49(19.81%)

    Doesn't it feel great to be right, Morgan? Thank you!!!
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    05-13-14 09:34 AM
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    BlackBerry Not Interested in Wearables; 4 New Devices Planned | N4BB

    BlackBerry recently unveiled the BlackBerry Z3 at an event in Jakarta, Indonesia. There the press had the opportunity to listen to BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen speak on the new Z3 and future plans for the company.

    There were only 25,000 BlackBerry Z3 ‘Jakarta Edition’ devices made. BlackBerry plans to have the device go on sale in the country by May 15th for Rp 2,199,000 if customers had not already pre-ordered.

    Chen additionally spoke on the future of the company, where he revealed disinterest in the wearables market. “To wearable devices such as smartwatch or smartglasses, we do not have a plan,” said Chen.

    “Before you ask again, we are also no plans for production of laptops and tablets. Tablets may be used if it is [of interest], but now is not,” Chen added. “We now focus on consumer devices and enterprise servers. Moreover, it is not our plan at this time,” he concluded.

    However, don’t let this discourage your anticipation for other BlackBerry devices. “After BlackBerry Jakarta, now we are again working on the latest BlackBerry with either 3 to 4 [new devices planned]. Yes, there is the keyboard, and one of them is [all-touch] not a keyboard, ” Chen said.
    05-13-14 10:36 AM
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    BlackBerry Goes Cheap to Regain Market Share | The Jakarta Globe

    Jakarta. BlackBerry has responded to a falling market share in Indonesia by launching its low-cost, touchscreen Z3 smartphone, John S. Chen, the executive chairman and chief executive at the Canadian company said.

    The BlackBerry Z3, Jakarta Edition — built exclusively for the Indonesian market — will hit shelves from May 15 with a price tag of Rp 2,199,000 ($191).

    When asked how many units he wanted to see sold in Indonesia, Chen said: “I hope to sell lots … but more importantly I want to focus more on market share. I want to increase our market share.”

    The Z3 is the first device introduced by BlackBerry under Chen’s leadership.

    Jakarta will be the first city to offer the device to consumers before it gets rolled out to other locations.

    Why did I pick Jakarta first? It’s my recognition and my statement that Indonesian consumers are very important for us. In Jakarta, we have lots of customers, in Indonesia we have lots of customers,” said Chen, who took over the helm at the embattled company late last year.

    BlackBerry products were at the height of their popularity in Indonesia about three to four years ago in a country once dubbed a “BlackBerry nation.”

    Data from the technology research firm, the International Data Corporation (IDC), shows that BlackBerry had a 43 percent market share of the nascent smartphone market in 2011.

    However, cut-throat competition has seen its market share decline since then, and its dominance has been eroded by smartphones from brands that use Google’s Android operating system.

    According to IDC data, BlackBerry’s market share had declined to 14 percent globally by last year, while that of Android-based phones, including South Korea’s Samsung, had increased to 81 percent.

    We want to go back to [a market share of] around 40 percent. I had a conversation with one of our major distributors today and we both agreed that we should aim at that … by going back to what he said were the good old days,” Chen said.

    It will take us a while for sure, but the first thing we have to reverse is the losing trend,” said the executive who previously served as the chief executive and president of Sybase, a California-based independent software vendor.

    He said Jakarta would be the testing ground on how well consumers receive a smartphone priced at under $200.

    We have been losing market share in the last two years and obviously I would like to turn that corner. If I can turn that corner I would view that as successful,” he said.

    The BlackBerry Z3 is the first product by FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Foxconn Technology Group, an electronics contract manufacturing company based in Taiwan, which also assembles gadgets for other manufacturers, including iPhones and iPads for Apple.

    The chief at the Waterloo, Ontario-based company voiced optimism that the introduction of a new device aimed at the low-end market, followed by other innovations can help it to improve its financial performance.

    BlackBerry posted a loss of $423 million in the first three months of this year, compared with a $4.4 billion loss in the previous quarter.
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    05-13-14 11:08 AM
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    BlackBerry Opens BlackBerry 10 to Multiple MDM Platforms

    BlackBerry Opens BlackBerry 10 to Multiple MDM Platforms | N4BB
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    05-13-14 11:09 AM
  12. BBUK14's Avatar
    Food for thought now that Chen has mentioned an upcoming touchscreen. Buy a Z30 now, or keep the Z10 and wait for the next thing ???

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    05-13-14 11:24 AM
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    Interview with John Sims: Why We Decided to Open Our BlackBerry 10 Operating System

    Q&A with John Sims: Opening the BlackBerry 10 Operating System | Inside BlackBerry
    05-13-14 12:06 PM
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    Food for thought now that Chen has mentioned an upcoming touchscreen. Buy a Z30 now, or keep the Z10 and wait for the next thing ???

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    Wait for the next thing is what I have bee doing.
    I want a phone with the same form factor as Z10.
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    05-13-14 02:58 PM
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    05-13-14 02:59 PM
  16. slipstream89's Avatar
    OT: HALO giving back half its gain today but seeing how the BIO indexes are down and most bio stocks its not too bad, refuel and try again tmr!
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    05-13-14 03:37 PM
  17. Shanerredflag's Avatar
    Worth the read as it kinda (sorta) gives a path forward on today's announcement of opening MDM:
    BlackBerry: The Enterprise Mobility Leader (BBRY) | Seeking Alpha
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    05-13-14 08:07 PM
  18. Shanerredflag's Avatar
    This easy listening springtime listening grove brought to you smug long BlackBerry guy:

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    05-13-14 08:25 PM
  19. Shanerredflag's Avatar
    Which leads to this:

    Apple has a warehouse full of 5s's, so what do they do...release an OS update which bricks older devices (4, 4s's)...and Facetime no longer works.

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    05-13-14 08:28 PM
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    05-13-14 08:31 PM
  21. Shanerredflag's Avatar
    Enter the headline:

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    05-13-14 08:34 PM
  22. Shanerredflag's Avatar
    What to make of this?

    Perhaps it has to do with sales? Perhaps Apples record profits are "lag" and the 5c (s) etc aren't moving the way they wanted?

    Perhaps Samsung's latest device puts a new meaning to "storage space"...makes BlackBerry's Z10 warehouse space look tiny?

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    05-13-14 08:38 PM
  23. Shanerredflag's Avatar
    Guess what...guess who people are looking too?

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    05-13-14 08:45 PM
  24. Shanerredflag's Avatar
    Yup...BlackBerry! Another great Canadian innovation.

    Rant done, hope you enjoyed

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    05-13-14 08:46 PM
  25. JonCBK's Avatar
    Yup...BlackBerry! Another great Canadian innovation.

    Rant done, hope you enjoyed

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    Please. We just had a earning release from Apple and last quarters iphone sales where great. There is no excess inventory.

    New iphones are not part of the competition for the Z3. They are targeting different markets. It is great that the Z3 seems to be getting good reviews. It may become quite the budget phone of choice.

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    05-13-14 09:21 PM
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